“Now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2).
Everyday makes us more aware of time. What is time? Our lives are made of time. Waste time and waste life. Waste time and in time it wastes us. We talk about time spent. Time doesn’t get spent — we do!
Now is the timely word in the Bible. Of all the time you and I may or may not have, Now is the only period over which we have some control. The only thing we can do about the past is learn its lessons and leave it behind as we go on. We have no control over the future and we can only trust God with it.
Perhaps we should banish the future and live only in the present. Trying to handle the problems of next week will leave us no real time to deal with today. Someone has said,
“Life by the inch is a cinch, but by the yard it’s too hard.”
God repeatedly urges us to live in the “now”. . . . .
“now let us go to Bethlehem . . . . . “
“now is the time to wake out of your sleep . . . . . “
“for now is your salvation . . . . “
We are procrastinators. Especially when we deal with our souls and our relationship to God. We tend to put off until later what God wants us to do now. Hans Christian Anderson said,
“Time is so fleeting that if we do not remember God in our youth, age may find us incapable of thinking about Him.”
Thinking about the final judgment, “Some day you will call Him Lord, why not now?”
Now is God’s time. Now is the all-important time. How we believe and behave will write our eternal biography.
— Bill Blackstone
” For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.” — Ephesians 5:8-10